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A quick guide to candle making 🕯️

Finally, temperature lowered and I managed to prepare a set of candles for this fall.

Candles are great for any occasion!
Halloween🎃, Xmas🎄, B-days🎂, romantic dinners🥂 or relaxing nights🌃. You can keep 'em for yourself or give them to family and friends as gifts!
If you've never made candles before, but you're eager to try, here you have 10 basic steps to follow.

This is not a comprehensive guide and does not pretend to be a candle-making course.

1) weigh the wax 
Do you want to know more about waxes? Follow this LINK 

2) Melt it in a double boiler (bain-marie).
Stir every now and then...   
⚠ Do not boil the wax
⚠ Never ever place the container with the wax directly on the stove!

3)  At this point, you can add some color
HERE, you have a post on candle dyes.


Remember: the final color of your candle depends on the wax too! For example, soy wax is white at room temperature and for this reason, it gives back pastel-like colors. 
trick to check the final color: drip some melted wax on a piece of white paper and wait for it to dry. 

Partially melted soy wax (white and  transparent) + pellets of color

4) In the meanwhile, prepare the containers!
Choose the appropriate wick for your wax and container (see HERE for some details on wicks)

Secure the wick to the bottom of the container. 

5) Once the wax has completely melted, remove the container from the bain-marie and let it cool down. If you fancy having a scented candle, this is the moment to act! 
⚠ Use only candle-specific fragrances/oils!!!
Check the temperature before adding the fragrance: if Temp is too high, the fragrance will evaporate beforehand!!!

To avoid phenomena such as 'frosting' or 'jump lines' check the temperature before pouring the wax.
HERE you have a post on waxes and temperatures.

6) Pour the wax and wait... ⌚⌚⌚ 

7) Repeat step 1 → 6, if you want to pour multiple layers. 

8) Trim the wicks


9) If you end up with flaws on the surface, melt it again with a hair dryer or a heat gun!

10) Let the candles set for at least 24 hours ;-)

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